By Michelle Chaplow.
Here is just one of the ways of how a good story in your hotel photography portfolio can entice guests to make a reservation.
As the trend for more and more homes to have walk-in showers, free-standing bathtubs in hotel rooms are a luxury nowadays. This is the bathroom of room 403 at Benbow Historic Inn, perfectly nestled in the heart of California Redwood Country. My aim with this photo was to send out a “take me there” message, by placing you, the viewer, photo, at the center of my narrative. Within the photo, we included, the view, the running tap, the fresh flowers, the warmth of the sunshine and wide open windows. Imagine yourself here, taking time to relax whilst taking in that fresh country air. Tempting, isn’t it?
Hotel photography is not just about depicting the hotel, a good photo will also convey a story. A good hotel photographer understand the hotel industry, carefully crafted visual storytelling can indeed lead to engagement and hotel reservations.
The Benbow Historic Inn was founded in 1926 and provided the perfect holiday retreat for stars such as Spencer Tracy, Clark Gable, Alan Ladd, Charles Laughton, Joan Fontaine (who honeymooned here with two different husbands), and Basil Rathbone, all of whom became patrons of the Inn. Dignitaries like Eleanor Roosevelt and President Herbert Hoover have also enjoyed Benbow’s hospitality.
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